Please see the attached SOS paper on water challenges for Oxfordshire if current massive growth plans are to be pursued. It has been written by our ex-CEH senior staff and internationally respected hydrological experts John Rodda and Richard Harding. The paper and its contents, widely consulted on, are supported by a large number of water professionals, environmentalists and others who are present and former staff members of the EA, CEH, consulting engineers, trusts and academic bodies.
It raises a number of important issues and has specific recommendations for action – including a strict ban on building on existing flood plains and identification of further newly flood sensitive areas where development should also be forbidden. It has been sent to the LEP to help inform their revised policies. So far though we have had no feedback from them.
Date to be decided!
Following our serious floodings last winter and spring, Oxfordshire council and SODC have been learning lessons and preparing for future events. OCC and SODC speakers will present, a wide range of related issues will be addressed and searching questions are invited. A possibly separate meeting will address local flood prevention plans and how these could be strengthened (e.g., appointing water bailiffs in each parish?) The link with planned massive expansion of new housing will also be addressed.
Thu29Jan20157-9pmWallingford Town Hall, Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0EG
Flood Prevention One Year On
How Communities Can Work Together
Thursday 29th January 2014, 7-9pm
Wallingford Town Hall
(note change of venue) Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0EG
Overview from Gordon Hunt (County Drainage Engineer)
Then two presentations from local community groups:
Stewart Scott - The Hanney's Flood Group
Dr. Harvey Rudda - Chalgrove Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
Followed by questions to a panel and refreshments.
Jointly organised by South Oxfordshire Sustainability Group and South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse District Councils.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard Harding at email@example.com
Wed03Oct20187:00 pmGlebe House, Reading Rd, Wallingford OX10 9DTThe next meeting of SOS is on Wednesday, 3rd October and we shall focus on Air Pollution.Caroline Newton, SODC Cabinet Member for the Environment, will be attending. We will discuss how the District Council can work with sustainability groups in the market towns.Please arrive at 7pm for a 7.15pm start. We follow the meeting with a shared supper, so please bring a plate and a bottle. (NB Personally, I am vegan). The venue is our home: Glebe House, Reading Rd, Wallingford OX10 9DT (directions and parking information).Here are the minutes from our last meeting (which are quite interesting).Agenda to follow - nearer the date.
Contact for SOS Water:
Joni Holt: firstname.lastname@example.org